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Black Mango from The Tao of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2019

Wow. This was one of the best-executed, if not THE best, fruit black teas I've ever tried.

I'm not normally a fan of flavored teas, but I had the opportunity to smell this at my parent's house, and the leaf smelled really appealing. The fruitiness is strong but it doesn't completely cover the aroma of the tea itself...

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Darjeeling Finest Blend from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 31st, 2018

This tea gets a B+ on quality and a C- on marketing and presentation. The name suggests it is a Darjeeling, but the description (and flavor) betrays that it is actually a blend of a Darjeeling and a Ceylon. I think this is a borderline shady marketing practice: Darjeeling is obviously the more prestigious name, so blen...

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Earl Grey Choice from Zhi Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

31 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2018

This tea pissed me off. It's a mediocre flavored tea, it's mismarketed, and it's grossly overpriced. It doesn't even taste like Earl Grey, it tastes nothing like the commercial description, not the current one listed on the site nor the one listed on my sample bag, nor is there any explanation of the discrepancy on the...

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Ceylon & India / Orange Pekoe (Teabags) from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

An above-average, basic black tea in a tea bag.

I've tried the loose-leaf version of this tea, and gave it a very good review, but I only had the opportunity to try the tea bag recently, when I stopped at a rest stop on the Ohio turnpike and ordered a cup of tea at a Gloria Jean's coffee stand.

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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

24 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 22nd, 2018

I was not impressed with this. I think I prefer Lipton even, and that says a lot because I am not exactly a fan of Lipton or any of these mass-produced, low-quality tea bags.

Thank you to my friend Sarah for letting me try this!

Weak aroma, only slightly malty, but there's a hint of a sort of unpleasant, fishy ar...

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Cacao Chai from Zhi Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

A good masala chai that tasted more like a traditional Indian spiced tea than a modern flavored tea.

This was passed on to me through a friend of my family. I've been wanting to try Zhi tea for a while. This probably isn't the type of tea I'd pick though if given a choice -- I prefer pure teas. That said, this te...

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English Breakfast from The Tao of Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 22nd, 2017

This tea smelled fantastic, but it was disappointing when I actually brewed it. It also didn't seem to match the commercial description or my expectations for an English Breakfast blend.

The dry leaf has a fresh, light fruity aroma, smelling very sweet and bright. The fruitiness is more like fresh grapes than drie...

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 26th, 2017

The commercial description of this tea is pretty grandiose...it makes it sound like a masterpiece of blending, and I would say it's not.

To me, this is a classic but somewhat run-of-the-mill blend that is enjoyable but stands out in no way. I would not describe it as complex, although it's a good bit more complex, ...

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Mint Chocolate Chip Rooibos from Mrs. Robinson's Tea Shop

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2017

Teabag sample thanks to my friend Kate! This was interesting. I didn't like the initial aroma when I started steeping it, but as I steeped it longer I liked it progressively more.

Mint is the dominant quality in the aroma, but it is not domineering the way mint usually can be. The aroma is smooth and creamy. I don't...

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Serenity from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 27th, 2017

I thought this was an expertly-executed blend, perhaps not aptly named, however. This was the last of four samples my roommate let me try from a sampler pack she got from Heavenly Tea Leaves. It was a nice note to end on!

The smell of the dry leaf is busy, and reminds me a lot of Bigelow's sweet dreams herbal tea,...

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Tropical White Tea from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

38 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 26th, 2017

Yet another tea from a sampler that my roommate let me try! I was not a fan.

The leaf looks pretty, but doesn't smell great to me. There's an unpleasant smell, reminiscent of those artificial cheese curl snacks that I absolutely hate. Underneath that, the other smells are light and pleasant, floral and meloney, a...

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Green Tropics from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

51 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 25th, 2017

Thank you to my roommate for letting me try this! Every now and then I try a tea that I don't expect to like, both to expose myself to diifferent tastes, and because I'm open to being surprised. This was one such tea, and in this case, I was not surprised...even though it was okay for what it was, I didn't like it mu...

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Organic African Nectar from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2017

I drink a fair amount of this, it's probably the Mighty Leaf tea that I drink most often because I tend to visit a cafe that serves their teas in the evening, and it's by far my favorite of their caffeine-free herbal teas.

I sometimes compare it to the African Sunset which is sold by Two Leaves Tea, similarly a flav...

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Malachi McCormick from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 30th, 2017

This blend was more Keemun-like than anything else; it reminded me of the type of Keemun that I like most, the rich, mellow, warming and slightly sweet sort.

The Dry leaf's aroma reminds me of candy: fruity and sweet, suggesting marzipan, chocolate, and hazelnut cream.

The aroma and character of the Keemun comes ...

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Orange Pekoe (Ceylon & India) from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 20th, 2017

One of the best black tea blends I've tried that hasn't been in a more specific style. Enigmatic, this tea constantly defied description. I also found it versatile, able to take on different characters based on how I brewed it.

The dry leaf of this is potently aromatic and commands my attention, spicy with strong ...

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Bold Breakfast from Dunkin Donuts

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

Served at a Dunkin Donuts. I can't help but wonder how much this tea is limited by the fact that it's served in a paper cup; I can smell the cup, it imparts a cardboardy aroma that noticeably diminishes the enjoyment of the tea. Perhaps I'll come back with my own mug next time.

I remember what the old Dunkin Donut...

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Wild Berry Hibiscus from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 22nd, 2017

Served at De La Coeur Cafe in Wilmington, DE (I love that place by the way, please do check it out if you're ever there).

I normally don't like hibiscus blends (think Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger) because they are too sour for me, but I enjoyed this one. I brewed it in a big fat mug and only steeped it around 3...

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Beach Bellini from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 27th, 2017

I really enjoyed this one! It was a gift from my roommate, so thank you!

The dried fruits in this blend were intensely aromatic, just opening the bag resulted in an explosion of aroma, mostly tropical fruit with hints of citrus, the smell strongly suggests sweetness, and there's a hint of spice in the aroma. The in...

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Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2016

The tea bag smells overwhelmingly like cinnamon and nothing else.

Upon brewing, the cinnamon is not quite as domineering, but it's still the principle aroma. I can smell the clove, but it's a struggle to notice the base rooibos. This herbal tea is initially smooth and easy to drink; there's little bitterness or as...

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Scottish Breakfast from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 28th, 2016

This tea was extraordinary and was one of the best blended teas I've ever tried. I do tend to really like Scottish Breakfast as a style of tea, and this was an unparalleled example of such.

The dry leaf has a pleasing aroma with a light hint of smoke, just what I'd expect: noticeable, but a bit less than in a Russi...

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Chocolate Rooibos from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 22nd, 2016

I get the sense that other people would enjoy this more than I did.

Brews up a mellow cup with a mild chocolate aroma, reminding me a lot of halloween candy as a kid, but less artificial. It's not the richest aroma, but it becomes a little more complex on drinking. I can notice the rooibos, but it's not dominant. ...

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Original Blend (Green Label) from Barry's Tea

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 15th, 2016

This was a humble flat paper tea bag that surprised me with its quality. It was very different from the Gold Blend (the one with the red label) from this same company.

Brews a very rich, dark cup that is thick and full-flavored. The aroma is strongly malty, and upon drinking the whole cup there's a hint of winterg...

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Oprah Chai Herbal Blend from Teavana

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

2 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 26th, 2016

This was the worst thing I've ever seen to come out of Starbucks and Teavana, and the worst thing I've seen associated with Oprah's name. It's an abomination, absolutely abhorrent.

The cup has an overwhelming aroma of fake cinnamon, like those fireball candies that I hated as a kid. If you like fireball candies (o...

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Green Chai from Wegmans

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2015

Green chai is always a tricky one for me; I think of masala chai as being a blending tradition that is inextricably woven into the flavor profile of strong black teas. While traditional masala chai goes well with milk, I think of green tea as not going well with milk at all. I never know what to expect when I try a g...

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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 7th, 2015

Wow. This might be the best breakfast tea I've ever tried from a tea bag. This was in a box of Numi tea bags that my friend Emily gave me, thank you so much!

Very aromatic once brewed: the aroma is very complex too: malty, spicy, and with notes of hot chocolate and a hint of roast like black coffee. The overall ch...

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